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Which music streaming platform is best for me?

2018-04-08 00:00
 
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Johannesburg - These days we’re spoilt for choice with music streaming services.

Whether they’re international big hitters like Spotify or local newbies like Joox, they all offer massive catalogues. So, which one is best for you?

Spotify

Launched locally in 2018

Price: R59.99 a month

What makes it unique?

With over 35 million tracks, it’s the world’s leading digital music platform.

Who will like it?

This service is perfect for those who want not only access to a massive library, but Spotify’s much-liked music discovery tools.

Joox

Launched in 2017

Price: Free

What makes it unique?

It’s South Africa’s first local streaming platform that’s geared particularly for local music. Here you’ll find all the gqom and kwaito you’ll ever want. It also features playlists for local events like the Red Bull Music Festival.

Who will like it?

While its offering is still a bit limited, with only 3 million tracks, this is the perfect streaming app for local music lovers, plus it’s free.

Apple Music

Launched in 2015

Price: R59.99 to R89.99 a month

What makes it unique?

At 36 million users, it’s the second biggest streaming service and Apple users love it for how it integrates across devices. It’s also got great functionality and 24-hour live curated radio services like Beats 1.

Who will like it?

Apple lovers usually go for this, but the service is also available for non-Apple users. Most artists, both underground and mainstream, probably have their catalogues on here.

Google Play Music

Launched in 2012

Price: R49.99 a month

What makes it unique?

Almost everyone uses Google, so this is an easy-to-integrate player that you can use from your browser. You can access podcasts and ads-free music videos on YouTube Red, which YouTube is working on making available in Africa.

Who will like it?

Basically, anyone. It’s got a user-friendly, familiar interface and over 35 million tracks.

Deezer

Launched in 2009

Price: R59.99 a month

What makes it unique?

The 10-year-old French company has over 30 million tracks. Its well-known grey and black interface is easy to use and it’s got a new feature called Flow, which mixes your favourite music with fresh recommendations.

Who will like it?

Deezer is for loyalists and true music aficionados.

Tidal

Launched in 2015

Price: R120 a month

What makes it unique?

Spearheaded by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, it’s the first black-owned streaming service.

Who will like it?

It’s the priciest of the lot, but you know your money is going into the pockets of your most beloved artists. The Beyhive loves Tidal.

Simfy Africa

Launched in 2012

Price: R25 a month

What makes it unique?

The first streaming service ever to launch in South Africa, Simfy is popular especially in Africa.

Who will like it?

Early adopters of Simfy have stuck to the service ever since. It’s slick, easy to use and offers plenty of local content.

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